Exactly one month after entering the hospital “feeling bad”, Prince Philip was finally heading home on Tuesday. Footage captured Tuesday morning showed the Duke of Edinburgh leaving a London hospital in a black BMW.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was released today from King Edward VII Hospital and has returned to Windsor Castle,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement. “His Royal Highness wishes to thank all the medical personnel who attended him both at the Rey Eduardo VII Hospital and at the San Bartolomé Hospital, and to all those who sent him their best wishes.”
Queen Elizabeth II’s 99-year-old husband was accepted to King Edward VII Private Hospital in mid-February as a “precautionary measure” for “observation and rest.” The palace later said that he was being treated for an infection.
However, in early March, the Duke was transferred to another London facility with a renowned cardiac unit, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, where intervened for a pre-existing heart condition, according to the palace.
The Duchess of Cornwall, wife of Philip’s son Prince Charles, said the Duke of Edinburgh was “improving slightly” after his surgery.
Prince Philip was visited in hospital by Prince Charles, heir to the British throne. The 94-year-old queen remained at Windsor Castle, where the couple have been during the coronavirus pandemic.
The duke, who is due to celebrate his 100th birthday in June, spent exactly one month in the two hospitals, marking his longest stay.
Prince Philip has received treatment for heart problems in the past. In 2011, he was taken to a hospital by helicopter after experiencing chest pains on the royal estate in Sandringham, eastern England. At that time, he was treated for a blocked coronary artery, and underwent a minimally invasive coronary stenting procedure.
The royal family has faced a host of controversies in recent weeks stemming from the formal departure of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex from royal duties, and the subsequent explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During a particularly explosive moment in the interview, the royal couple revealed that there were discussions about “how dark” their baby’s skin color would be. The next day, Oprah told “CBS This Morning” that neither Queen Elizabeth II nor Prince Philip made the comments.
The royal family is now dealing with accusations of racism, with Prince William telling a journalist that “they are not a racist family.”